The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has welcomed the B.U.D
Programme (Building Understanding of Dogs) to its Bark and Read
The Bark and Read Foundation, funded by the Kennel Club
Charitable Trust, has provided a grant of over £4,000 to the B.U.D
Programme, which is run by Maggie McManus and Eryl Restall and is
based in north Wales.
The B.U.D Programme has been run in two secondary schools
throughout the year, working with pupils who have been identified
as needing support with low confidence and self-esteem, some of
whom were displaying potential disaffection and disengagement with
Maggie commented: "Thanks to the support from the Kennel Club
Charitable Trust, the programme has been able to continue to
develop throughout the academic year, engaging with more young
people and supporting them in achieving their potential in school.
Improved self-esteem and confidence enable pupils to engage more
effectively with education."
At Ysgol Bryn Elian in Old Colwyn, the programme has been
involved in two levels of intervention, one with pupils who are in
the school's Inclusion Centre and the other with Year 7 pupils
identified through the school's literacy strategy as likely to
benefit from engaging with the programme.
At Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno, some Year 7 pupils also took
part in the scheme. All pupils who take part in the programme
have an initial Soft Skills Analysis assessment to measure their
self-confidence and self-esteem. On completion of the scheme,
the pupils are reassessed to identify progress and also to enable
the school to target future intervention for individual
The Bark and Read Foundation was set up to support the work of
projects such as the B.U.D Programme and already works with Caring
Canines, Dogs Helping Kids, Pets As Therapy, Google Literacy
Project and Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D) all of
which visit schools with dogs and help encourage children to read.
To date more than £25,000 has been donated to these charities
specifically to support their literacy programmes and the results
have been overwhelming - one school has seen a pupil's reading age
increase by 2 years in just 6 months.
For more information on the Bark and Read Foundation,
and for more information on the Kennel Club Charitable Trust,
please visit www.dogcharityblog.org.uk.